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Premium Seminars

The Toronto branch of EAC is pleased to offer the following seminars, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Friday, June 12. Advanced registration is available until April 30.

Grammar Rules and Myths

Frances Peck / Friday June 12, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Registration – $230 members, $260 non-members (HST extra)

Advanced Registration (to April 30) – $195 members, $225 non-members (HST extra)

Even the best editors wrestle with questions of grammar from time to time. Why is whoever the correct pronoun in the sentence: He gave a brochure to whoever he thought was interested? Why are two subjects joined by and sometimes grammatically singular? What’s wrong with this sentence: This is the best mystery novel of any I have read? Is it correct to begin a sentence with however, and, or because, despite what some individuals and texts tell you?

If you are plagued by such questions, or know the answers but have trouble explaining them, this seminar will help. We will cover tricky cases of agreement, pronoun case (including everyone’s favourite, who and whom), and modifier form and placement. We will also discuss some of the most common grammatical errors, including comma splices and dangling modifiers. Finally, we will investigate the most tenacious grammar myths and review the rules that have changed over time. The session will include exercises and self-tests, and will end with a grammar free-for-all during which you can air your most challenging questions.

Note: This seminar assumes knowledge of grammar terminology (parts of speech, phrases, clauses, subjects, objects, subject complements, etc.).

Presenter:  Frances Peck, Canada

Frances Peck, CPE (Hon.), is an editor and writer who has worked with words for more than 20 years. She teaches editing at Simon Fraser University and Douglas College and gives workshops across Canada. She is a co-author of the HyperGrammar website and the author of Peck’s English Pointers, a free collection of essays and quizzes on the Language Portal of Canada. Frances lives in Vancouver and is a partner with West Coast Editorial Associates.

Touchable Content: Rethinking the Role of the Digital Editor

Stacey McLeod / Friday June 12, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Registration – $115 members, $140 non-members (HST extra)

Advanced Registration (to April 30) – $100 members, $120 non-members (HST extra)

Media companies have been turning to tablets for new audiences and revenue opportunities, but this new platform is changing the publishing game. Truly touchable content requires editors to rethink their roles, think like designers, and plan beyond text for deep, interactive features that keep readers on their toes. This workshop will introduce you to tablet editing, unravel the secrets to sourcing great tablet content, and let you experiment with your own content pieces.

Presenter:  Stacey McLeod, Canada

Stacey McLeod is a digital editor and journalist with more than a decade of experience at major media outlets and start-ups, including Blue Ant Media, the Toronto Star,, and Zagat Survey. She launched, edited, and travelled the globe for the monthly mobile app Travel + Escape Magazine, winning a Digi Award, Digital Magazine Award, and earning a Webby Award nomination. Stacey is a graduate of Centennial College in Toronto, with data journalism and social media courses from Columbia University in New York and University of King’s College in Halifax.

Backstage Magic: Work and Business Practices for Editorial Professionals

Laura Poole / Friday June 12, 1:30–4:30 p.m.

Registration – $115 members, $140 non-members (HST extra)

Advanced Registration (to April 30) – $100 members, $120 non-members (HST extra)

A little business savvy is the difference between being a thriving freelancer and a starving editor. It’s easy to focus only on the work and our enjoyment of what we do, but if you’re going to make a living freelancing, you have to embrace your inner businessperson. This workshop will offer a practical discussion on freelancing, self-employment, efficient work practices, tips and tricks for staying focused, time management, things to do during downtime, getting and keeping clients, finding work, niches and specialties, billing, building your professional presence, learning opportunities, and more. Take charge of your freelance business and thrive!

Presenter:  Laura Poole, United States

Laura Poole has been in the publishing industry for more than 15 years. In 1997, she started her own company, Archer Editorial Services, based in Durham, NC, where she provides scholarly copy editing to academic publishers. Her clients have included Oxford University Press, John Wiley & Sons, Bytheway Publishing Services, Impressions Book & Journal Services, Duke University Press, Frommer’s Travel Guides, Carolina Academic Press, and more. Laura co-founded Editorial Bootcamp in 2009 to make editorial training available for individuals and companies, and she is also a certified professional life coach. Laura likes to quilt in her spare time.